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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for thunderbolt external hard drives.

Thunderbolt is a standard for high-speed connections between computers and peripherals. External hard drives are an easy storage and backup solution for your devices. If you want an external hard drive that has a Thunderbolt interface, we've got you covered. Browse the top-ranked list of Thunderbolt external hard drives below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Crucial - X9 Pro 2TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "It works fine otherwise. I use it with a Thunderbolt 4 port, and overall the drive feels fast, but I expected it would be somewhat faster. ...Seems well built and like the small size of this external hard drive. Works great with my Mac MacBook....Small but mighty external hard drive"

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    Accelerate your workflow with the powerful performance of the Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD. With read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s and 2TB of capacity, the X9 Pro has space for thousands of photos, files, and videos along with the speed you need to organize, curate, edit and retouch your portfolio quickly, supporting whatever you do in Adobe Lightroom. The Crucial X9 Pro is plug-and-play ready with a USB-C connection, and works with Windows, Mac, Android, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND and water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X9 Pro is designed for durability and style in the studio, in the field, or wherever you roam.
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    "It works fine otherwise. I use it with a Thunderbolt 4 port, and overall the drive feels fast, but I expected it would be somewhat faster. ...Seems well built and like the small size of this external hard drive. Works great with my Mac MacBook....Small but mighty external hard drive"

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    Accelerate your workflow with the powerful performance of the Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD. With read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s and 2TB of capacity, the X9 Pro has space for thousands of photos, files, and videos along with the speed you need to organize, curate, edit and retouch your portfolio quickly, supporting whatever you do in Adobe Lightroom. The Crucial X9 Pro is plug-and-play ready with a USB-C connection, and works with Windows, Mac, Android, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND and water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X9 Pro is designed for durability and style in the studio, in the field, or wherever you roam.
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  2. Crucial - X10 Pro 2TB USB-C External SSD - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: CT2000X10PROSSD9
    SKU: 6551159
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    "Next, I began transferring files from my other hard drives so I could have everything on one drive. ...Super compact and lightning fast when connected to USB thunderbolt port"

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    Elevate your video editing experience with the Crucial X10 Pro SSD: the portable drive that packs a palm-sized punch. With sequential read and write speeds up to 2,100/2,000MB/s and 2TB of space, your X10 Pro can connect directly to your laptop or workstation via a convenient USB-C cable. Blaze through your multi-cam timeline and even edit, trim, and render directly from the drive. The Crucial X10 Pro works with Windows, Mac, Android devices, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND plus water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X10 Pro is the perfect partner in the studio or in the field, giving you the raw performance, lasting durability, and generous capacity you need.
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    "Next, I began transferring files from my other hard drives so I could have everything on one drive. ...Super compact and lightning fast when connected to USB thunderbolt port"

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    Elevate your video editing experience with the Crucial X10 Pro SSD: the portable drive that packs a palm-sized punch. With sequential read and write speeds up to 2,100/2,000MB/s and 2TB of space, your X10 Pro can connect directly to your laptop or workstation via a convenient USB-C cable. Blaze through your multi-cam timeline and even edit, trim, and render directly from the drive. The Crucial X10 Pro works with Windows, Mac, Android devices, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND plus water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X10 Pro is the perfect partner in the studio or in the field, giving you the raw performance, lasting durability, and generous capacity you need.
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  3. LaCie - Mobile 2TB External USB-C 3.2 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Moon Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Great external hard drive. Does what it should and is easy enough to set up for a Mac book....Great Drive for Apple Time Machine - Quiet, Too!...I also have 2 Lacie 10 TB thunderbolt drives that have served me well for almost 3 years so far - Lacie drives have been good to me! "

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    LaCie Mobile Drive is the nexus of portability and capacity. Encased in a sleek Neil Poulton design, each drive is constructed using post-consumer recycled materials. Works with PC, Mac, and iPad USB-C, just plug-in and go. One-click or automatic backup makes file storage extra smooth, plus up to 2TB of capacity makes plenty of room for photos, playlists, docs, and more.
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    "Great external hard drive. Does what it should and is easy enough to set up for a Mac book....Great Drive for Apple Time Machine - Quiet, Too!...I also have 2 Lacie 10 TB thunderbolt drives that have served me well for almost 3 years so far - Lacie drives have been good to me! "

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    LaCie Mobile Drive is the nexus of portability and capacity. Encased in a sleek Neil Poulton design, each drive is constructed using post-consumer recycled materials. Works with PC, Mac, and iPad USB-C, just plug-in and go. One-click or automatic backup makes file storage extra smooth, plus up to 2TB of capacity makes plenty of room for photos, playlists, docs, and more.
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  4. SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 12TB External USB-C 3.2 Gen2 Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Hard Drive...This drive works great. Large data transfer is fast. It's quiet big, so you cannot use it like a thumb drive, but at about 5 x 8", you can pack it around. "

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    The SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE enterprise-class hard drive with a USB-C (10Gbps) interface delivers ultra-reliable, high-capacity storage in a premium, stylish design. The 7200RPM Ultrastar drive inside features powerful performance with speeds up to 250MB/s read and 250MB/s write2 (12TB1 capacity) that is perfect for fast backup and access to your HD videos, photos, music, and other high-value content. The stackable, anodized all-aluminum enclosure offers premium durability and anchor points for attaching to a DIT cart, a mounting plate, or other gear for your production needs. The G-DRIVE desktop hard drive also offers LED light brightness customization with three modes to choose from, comes ready for Mac, and is easily reformatted for Windows.
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    "Hard Drive...This drive works great. Large data transfer is fast. It's quiet big, so you cannot use it like a thumb drive, but at about 5 x 8", you can pack it around. "

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    The SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE enterprise-class hard drive with a USB-C (10Gbps) interface delivers ultra-reliable, high-capacity storage in a premium, stylish design. The 7200RPM Ultrastar drive inside features powerful performance with speeds up to 250MB/s read and 250MB/s write2 (12TB1 capacity) that is perfect for fast backup and access to your HD videos, photos, music, and other high-value content. The stackable, anodized all-aluminum enclosure offers premium durability and anchor points for attaching to a DIT cart, a mounting plate, or other gear for your production needs. The G-DRIVE desktop hard drive also offers LED light brightness customization with three modes to choose from, comes ready for Mac, and is easily reformatted for Windows.
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  5. Samsung - T7 Shield 1TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Rugged SSD IP65 Water Resistant - Beige - Front_Zoom
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    "Incredibly fast plugged into my m1 Mac mini’s thunderbolt port. It looks sleek and I enjoy the non slip cover. ...Computers I've owned in the past turned out to tend to have Samsung hard drives in them. When it came time to make certain of data backup with an external hard drive I therefore thought of Samsung. "

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    Samsung T7 Shield 1TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Rated, for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Beige.
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    "Incredibly fast plugged into my m1 Mac mini’s thunderbolt port. It looks sleek and I enjoy the non slip cover. ...Computers I've owned in the past turned out to tend to have Samsung hard drives in them. When it came time to make certain of data backup with an external hard drive I therefore thought of Samsung. "

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    Samsung T7 Shield 1TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Rated, for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Beige.
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  6. Samsung - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished T5 1TB External USB, Type C Portable SSD - Deep Black - Front_Zoom
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    "It loads Kontakt instruments at least 3x as fast as the former LaCie Thunderbolt drive I was using. Amazing. I use the first one for library storage as I'm working in Final Cut Pro X. ...Happy to upgrade from spinny external drives...Excellent drive, superfast and the prices are pretty reasonable now."

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    Give your digital files portable, robust storage with this 1TB Samsung external solid-state drive. Its V-NAND flash memory and USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface provide high-speed data transfers of up to 540MB/sec., and AES 256-bit hardware encryption keeps files secure. This refurbished Samsung external solid-state drive is shock-resistant and withstands 6.6-foot drops.

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    "It loads Kontakt instruments at least 3x as fast as the former LaCie Thunderbolt drive I was using. Amazing. I use the first one for library storage as I'm working in Final Cut Pro X. ...Happy to upgrade from spinny external drives...Excellent drive, superfast and the prices are pretty reasonable now."

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    Give your digital files portable, robust storage with this 1TB Samsung external solid-state drive. Its V-NAND flash memory and USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface provide high-speed data transfers of up to 540MB/sec., and AES 256-bit hardware encryption keeps files secure. This refurbished Samsung external solid-state drive is shock-resistant and withstands 6.6-foot drops.

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  7. Samsung - T7 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD with Hardware Encryption - Metallic Red - Front_Zoom
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    "Excellent Drive - use the right port!...Use a Thunderbolt port if you can....Fast, Very Fast Drive...This drive was used to Migrate 1TB of data from an old MacBook Pro to a new 16 in M1 Max MacBook using a CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 .The transfer took under 10 minutes."

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    Store critical files, media library and projects with this Samsung T7 2TB portable solid state drive. The USB 3.2 interface allows lightning-fast data transfers, while the sturdy metal framework offers durability and impact resistance. Secure your data with the AES-256 bit encryption. This Samsung T7 2TB portable solid state drive has an advanced thermal solution for optimized temperature management.
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    "Excellent Drive - use the right port!...Use a Thunderbolt port if you can....Fast, Very Fast Drive...This drive was used to Migrate 1TB of data from an old MacBook Pro to a new 16 in M1 Max MacBook using a CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 .The transfer took under 10 minutes."

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    Store critical files, media library and projects with this Samsung T7 2TB portable solid state drive. The USB 3.2 interface allows lightning-fast data transfers, while the sturdy metal framework offers durability and impact resistance. Secure your data with the AES-256 bit encryption. This Samsung T7 2TB portable solid state drive has an advanced thermal solution for optimized temperature management.
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  8. SanDisk - Extreme Pro Portable 4TB External USB-C NVMe SSD - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Good Value external HD...Goid valie external hard drive. Fast access times. Good reliablity....Terrific solid state external hard drive...It’s the bomb, a terrific solid-state, external hard drive, in a very small, easy to handle package."

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    Take your important files with you by using this SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD. The 2000MB/sec. read and write speeds deliver rapid data access and transfer, while the 4TB storage capacity provides ample space for large files. This SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD features a forged aluminum chassis that acts as a heatsink for optimal heat dissipation and enhanced efficiency.
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    "Good Value external HD...Goid valie external hard drive. Fast access times. Good reliablity....Terrific solid state external hard drive...It’s the bomb, a terrific solid-state, external hard drive, in a very small, easy to handle package."

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    Take your important files with you by using this SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD. The 2000MB/sec. read and write speeds deliver rapid data access and transfer, while the 4TB storage capacity provides ample space for large files. This SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD features a forged aluminum chassis that acts as a heatsink for optimal heat dissipation and enhanced efficiency.
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  9. WD - D30 Game Drive for Xbox 1TB External USB Type C Portable SSD - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great Hard Drive!!...I picked up one of the WD Black 1TB external hard drives for my Xbox since it doesn't take many games to fill the internal hard drive on a gaming system anymore. ...WD-Black Amazing Drive!...It boggles my mind, i have never experienced that before using this. Awesome External Drive!"

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    Get additional storage space for your gaming console with this Western Digital WD_BLACK D30 game drive SSD for Xbox Series X/S. Optimized read speeds of up to 900MB/sec. ensure fast load times, while the 1TB capacity provides plenty of space for large titles. Featuring a 10 Gbps. USB Type-C interface, this Western Digital WD_BLACK D30 game drive SSD lets you quickly transfer large files.
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    "Great Hard Drive!!...I picked up one of the WD Black 1TB external hard drives for my Xbox since it doesn't take many games to fill the internal hard drive on a gaming system anymore. ...WD-Black Amazing Drive!...It boggles my mind, i have never experienced that before using this. Awesome External Drive!"

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    Get additional storage space for your gaming console with this Western Digital WD_BLACK D30 game drive SSD for Xbox Series X/S. Optimized read speeds of up to 900MB/sec. ensure fast load times, while the 1TB capacity provides plenty of space for large titles. Featuring a 10 Gbps. USB Type-C interface, this Western Digital WD_BLACK D30 game drive SSD lets you quickly transfer large files.
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  10. Samsung - T7 Shield 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Rugged SSD IP65 Water Resistant - Blue - Front_Zoom
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    "File transfers go extremely fast so it really doesn’t feel like external storage. If you use any computer that supports the highest Thunderbolt/USB connections I highly recommend it. ...Small, fast very portable drive...[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] this drive is fast, durably built and light - about the size of a credit card. samsung is a leader in hard drives and this unit does not disappoint but make sure your system can take advantage of the speed this drive can provide. "

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    Samsung T7 Shield 2TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Rated, for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Blue.
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    "File transfers go extremely fast so it really doesn’t feel like external storage. If you use any computer that supports the highest Thunderbolt/USB connections I highly recommend it. ...Small, fast very portable drive...[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] this drive is fast, durably built and light - about the size of a credit card. samsung is a leader in hard drives and this unit does not disappoint but make sure your system can take advantage of the speed this drive can provide. "

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    Samsung T7 Shield 2TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Rated, for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Blue.
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